D’banj, Don Jazzy Honored At Nigerian Entertainment Conference

The maiden edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference took place yesterday at the Eko Hotel & Suites, with stars and major players in the entertainment industry turning up for the event.A lot of people were honored, including ex-Mo’ Hits artiste D’banj & super-producer Don Jazzy.

Others people that was Honored were music label and media bosses, Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye, music producer, Nelson Brown; Afro beat legend, Femi Kuti; African pop icon, 2Face Idibia; Juju legend, King Sunny Ade; Godfather of Nigerian comedy, Ali Baba; Fuji icon, K1 De Ultimate; Movie Makers, Amaka Igwe and Tunde Kelani; Distinguished publishers, Kunle Bakare, Mayor Akinpelu and Femi Akintunde Johnson; Showbiz Practitioner, Edi Lawani and Nigeria’s number One DJ, DJ Jimmy Jatt.

GSM Subscribers Seek Reduction In Porting Time

RUE to predictions, an avalanche of complaints now trails the mobile number porting that was kicked-off in Lagos seven days ago.Subscribers, expressed angst Saturday as many of them could not vote out their non-performing mobile operators as promised by the Nigeria communications Commission (NCC).

Former President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Mazi Okechukwu Unegbu, a lawyer, said he did not have confidence in the integrity of the process, especially as all the operators still grapple with poor quality of service.

Saying he subscribes to all the networks — MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat — due to poor network quality, Unegbu noted that, contrary to what obtains in other climes, the process of porting out to a new network in Nigeria remains the most cumbersome.

According to him, “it is like going through the eye of a needle,” a situation that discourages subscribers from making any real attempt to “port out.”“Those trying to port now simply do it for the fun of it, because there is no better offering in any alternative network.”A senior management staff in one of the major GSM service providers yesterday also confirmed that the process “is challenging, as this is not something you can do on your mobile phone.”

He also disclosed that the network was yet to receive any subscriber migrating from a competing network.  “You need to visit our office before you can really port, and this takes time. The disadvantage is that even if you succeed in porting out, you are stuck with the new network until after three months. There could be network challenge and you are stuck for three months,” he warned.

Seven days after the kicked-off of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Nigeria, the atmosphere looks gloomy, as challenges of process sustainability, adaptability and awareness stirs it in the face.The Guardian, last Sunday, reported exclusively that the major challenge for the process could rest with interconnectivity as the operators expressed dissatisfaction with the “ politically favoured warehousing agent” is said to lack the capacity to drive it “at the moment.”

This reason, according to at least, two major operators, was the reason for the delayed take-off of MNP in the country.A Lagos banker, who simply gave her name as Abimbola, said she actually sent a message to the preferred code of 3232 as stated in the procedure. “I waited to get response for about 36 hours, nothing happened. I was not actually expecting it to be seamless at first like that. My concern is that no text or call from the operators and those managing the process — both the donor and the recipient to know whether they are working on it or not.“Someone, however, said I should go to one of their services centre. But I have not gone; no time for that now.”

Another subscriber, Samson Akpan, a Technician, said his major challenge would be having to wait for 48 hours before switching or porting to another network.“The 48 hours is too long. I don’t think that is obtainable in other climes. If within the 48 hours, there was an emergency or someone wanted to give me a contract and they couldn’t get through to me. Am I not going to lose much”, he stated.Another subscriber, Mrs. Adetoun Ojo, a retired Director of Education in Lagos said: “I won’t port because I am afraid that if I port to any other network and then discover that the network is worse than where I’m coming from, I’ll have to wait for three months to re-migrate.

It is better I remain where I am. Can’t we do it within a day or less than 48 hours?Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, had said the process is expected to encounter some hitches at the beginning. He stressed that those challenges would be overcome as the scheme moved on.Juwah explained that any porting process that didn’t go through within 48 hours “is failed one,” which could be done again.“We actually don’t expect the process to be smooth, seamless at the beginning like this. The technology is new in Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Alligator Crashes Golf Tournament

it isn’t everyday that a giant alligator walks into the middle of a professional sporting event and makes himself at home, but that’s what happened yesterday.

Spectators and marshals were startled when the animal, estimated to be about 12 feet long, marched onto the side of the 12th fairway and started taking in the action, or possibly just sunning himself.

He then made his way through a sand trap and returned to the water.

The animal, who is missing his right front leg, is apparently a regular visitor to the course – and is nicknamed ‘Tripod’ by locals and staff.

Check out the photos of the alligator invasion below.


Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari: New couple alert?






Is Jim Iyke dating Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari? We all know his official girlfriend is the Jamaican babe, Kenturah Hamilton, who he has been dating on and off for the past five years, but his friendship with Nadia is beginning to make me curious. Yes, it’s my business to be curious about things like this…lol. His publicist this week denied any romantic relationship between Jim and Nadia but we all know they always deny these things until we find out the truth. For two people who aren’t dating, Jim and Nadia seem awfully close. Jim hasn’t been spotted with Kenturah in a while, so they might be taking a break. Has he moved on to Nadia? Let’s analyze these photos and see what we conclude..:-)

The first and second photo above is Jim and Nadia in Dubai in March for 2face Idibia’s wedding. Heard they came together and left together. Peep them holding hands in the right photo. The photo on the left below is the friends at an award ceremony in Uganda in December 2012. The next photo is Jim and Nadia arriving together at his Unscripted premiere in Lagos on Thursday April 18th. The last photo is Jim and Nadia playing around in a desert somewhere in Africa. She posted the photo on her instagram page yesterday and said something about being really happy! Right now, I really can’t say if they are dating…but I will find out! I’m onto you Jim and Nadia. Lol. Cute couple!

Don’t blame Baga killings on us — Army

The authorities of the Defence Headquarters have said the army was not involved in the massacre of over 150 persons in Baga, Borno State.
The Director of Defence Information, Brig.Gen Chris Olukolade, also said in an electronic mail on Saturday no soldier had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Olukolade condemned attempts by some persons to blame the Baga killings on soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
He said it was absurd to blame acts committed by suspected Boko Haram members on troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force sent to keep peace in the area.
The defence spokesman also condemned moves in some quarters to use the media to whip up public sentiments against the Joint Task Force.
He maintained that the operations of the troops were necessary to provide security and defend the integrity of the country.
Olukolade said, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to declare that no soldier has been arrested or detained on account of the incident that happened in Baga last week as reported in certain newspapers on Saturday.
“The report which claimed that 15 soldiers have been arrested in connection with their alleged role in what the medium referred to as ‘Borno Bloodbath’ is indeed false in its entirety.
“At no point did the DHQ or any of the services of the Nigerian Armed Forces order the arrest of any of its soldiers in connection with the incident in Baga.
“The untiring efforts by some persons and groups to unduly attribute the killings in Baga to the troops of the Multi National Joint Task Force are however assuming a very unfair and dangerous dimension indeed.
“It is surprising that the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists are being desperately blamed on the troops even without any meaningful investigations by those promoting these allegations locally and internationally.
“This tendency is clearly in line with the orchestrated effort by a vested interest, using the press, to whip up public resentment against the necessary military operations in defence and security of the nation.”
He said further that it was the position of the DHQ that human lives were precious during operations and shouldn’t be subjected to “unneccesary sensationalism.”
A clash between gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members and the military left many dead in Baga, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State, on April 20, 2013.
While the Village Head, Mallam Ali, said 185 were killed, with 2,000 houses, 62 vehicles and 486 motorcycles either burnt or vandalised, the Presidency, however, said it believed the figures might have been “grossly exaggerated.”
Authorities of the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, had earlier put the casualty figure at 25.

9 JAMB Candidates Die In Accident

No fewer than nine candidates going to sit for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations today were feared dead in an auto crash on the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.

The Public Relations Officer of the Abia State Police Command, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, said seven persons, including the driver died instantly while two others died later in hospital. The police did not identify the victims.

The police image maker said that the candidates were travelling on a Hiace bus with registration number Rivers XY 249 from Port Harcourt to Aba.

Ogbonna said that the driver of the bus rammed into a truck with with registration number Lagos XC 109 SLK, parked off the road.

He said that the accident occurred at Obeaku-Ihie in the Ugwunagbor Local Government Area of Abia at about 10.40 a.m.

Ogbonna said that the dead had been deposited at the mortuary while six survivors of the accident were in critical condition and receiving medical attention in a hospital Aba.

He said that the 15 seater-bus, was conveying mainly people, going to sit for the JAMB examination, slated for 27 April.

According to him, the clue comes from the items recovered at the scene of the accident.

A witness, Mr Peter Okolo, attributed the accident to over-speeding and recklessness on the part of the driver.

He said that the driver lost control of the vehicle when he wanted to overtake a vehicle in front of him.

“When he saw an upcoming vehicle while he was over-taking the car in front of him, he veered off the road and then rammed into the truck parked off the road,” Okolo said.

FG to compensate Boko Haram victims –Jonathan

* …inaugurates amnesty, light weapons committees

* Says soldiers indicted in Borno won’t be spared

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North would be compensated by the Federal Government.

This is even as reports from Baga, Borno State, where more than 185 people were killed in a clash between the Boko Haram Islamic sect and the Joint Task Force, JTF, indicated that scores of people were still missing.

President Jonathan, while inaugurating the committees on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North and Small Arms and Light Weapons, lamented that many people had fallen victims of the insurgency.

The committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North, however, included the President of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, SCSN, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, and the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, CRCN, Shehu Sani, two members who had earlier declined their membership of the committee.

The President had on Tuesday also included Barrister Aisha Wakil, to join the committee.

Inaugurating the two committees in Abuja, the President charged them to engage stakeholders to end the lingering insecurity in the country.

He told the dialogue committee, which he addressed as “bigger committee” that Nigerians expected them to perform “magic” and prayed that such “magic” be achieved within the time frame given the committee.

President Jonathan urged the committee to develop a framework for disarmament and work out a sustainable option that could lead to granting amnesty to the dreaded sect.

The President also charged them to develop a comprehensive victims’ support programme, as according to him, a large number of people are victims of the excesses of Boko Haram insurgent group.

For Now, I Am Dating Kentura, Not Nadia Buari -Jim Iyke Cries Out

One of Nollywood’s ‘baddest boys’, Jim Iyke, has opened up on speculations going round that he is in a romantic relationship with sexy Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari.


For some time now, both stars have been seen around each other in suggestive ways.


They have also reportedly been seen together at some suggestive places which brought about the rumour that both have some ‘rubbing and entangling of bodies’ going on between them.

Reacting to the reports, Jim Iyke’s image maker, Mitch Ngaman informed Nigeriafilms.com that Jim Iyke and Nadia are just ‘best of buddies, they are not dating.’ He said it is very normal for people to think that both stars are dating due to the closeness that exist between the two ‘marriageable adults.’ 

Ngaman said, “both share a lot of personal and emotional stuffs together, they are close but as at this moment, romance is out of the equation.”

When asked if Jim is still dating his Jamaican lover, Kentura, the actor’s publicist answered, “yes.”


CAF U-17: Eaglets clash with Baby Elephants in final


…beat Tunisia 4-2

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will on Saturday, clash with the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the ongoing 10th CAF U-17 Championship in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Eaglets coached by Manu Garba qualified for the final of the tournament after defeating the Junior Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 4-2 in the second semi-final match decided in Marrakech, yesterday. Cote d’Ivoire’s National U-17 team had earlier on Tuesday, defeated host Morocco 2-1 in the first semi-final tie.

Interestingly, Saturday’s final setting will see the Eaglets clashing with the Baby Elephants, the only team that pipped the Nigerians 1-0 at the group stage, in a West African battle for supremacy, while host Junior Atlas Lions of Morocco and Tunisia will play a North African classification game. Yesterday’s 4-2 victory over Tunisia earned the Golden Eaglets a total 17 goals haul and they conceded three goals in four matches of the Maroc 2013 CAF U-17 Championship.

Top striker, Isaac Success scored the third goal of the evening that brought his total so far to seven goals, while Kelechi Iheanacho, who opened scoring for the Nigerian lads took his total to five goals. Musa Yahaya’s brace broke the spirit of the hard-fighting Tunisians, who tried unsuccessfully to stop the rampaging Eaglets. On Saturday, Nigeria will be going for a third title, having won the African junior tournament at the 2001 and 2007 editions of the tournament.

WAEC: Why students fail

The results of candidates in the May/June and November/ December Senior Secondary School (SSC) examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WEAC) have been that of mass failure in recent years. The situation has become a source of worry to many Nigerians, as well as to the examination body that conducts the exam. Now, WAEC has identified many possible factors causing the problem and proffered a way out. TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE writes.

For three days last week in Lagos, the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), which is the highest policy making organ of the examination body, met for the first time this year.

At the meeting, the 55th edition in the series, the committee, comprising representatives of the state ministries of education and Department of Education of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the All Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), the universities, the Registrar to the council, the Head of the Nigeria Office and the Head of the Test Development of the council, considered matters related to the May/June and November/December examinations conducted by the council in the last three years.

Top on the agenda was the recurrence mass failure of candidates in the exams, which they condemned in its totality while identifying possible causes and proffering a way out. Another issue of interest to them was the malpractice which they observed to be very rampart during every exam of the council.

The committee, after scrutinising the reports of the Chief Examiners, Aptitude Tests and the research division of WAEC was able to identify some factors believed to be responsible for the mass failure of Nigerian candidates in the exams.

For instance, statistics from the last three years showed that only 37.97per cent of the candidates, who sat for last November/ December exam obtained credit and above in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, which is the minimum academic qualification for admission into tertiary academic institutions in the country.

It was only 36.07 per cent of candidates who sat for the same exam that obtained five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics in 2011 while the figure was just 24.16 per cent the year before.

Also for the May/June edition, the story was similar. Only 38.81 per cent of candidates had credit pass and above in five subjects, including English language and mathematics last year, while their number stood at 30.91 and 23.71 in 2011 and 2010, respectively. Although these show a slight improvement over the years in comparison, the situation is far from desirable.

However, at the end of the meeting, the committee came up with a communiqué, a copy of which is in National Mirror’s possession revealing the repeated flaws made by candidates.

According to the communiqué signed by the Deputy Director (Public Affairs) of WAEC, Mr. Yusuf Ari, the committee had observed that, “the council’s question papers, every year, not only met the required standards, but also enable the council’s certificates to be worthy of international recognition.”

It was also observed that the questions were not only unambiguous and within the scope of the syllabuses, the marking schemes were exhaustible and comprehensive enough to accommodate all possible answers, hence there shouldn’t be reason for mass failure.

Similarly, apart from the dearth of basic instructional materials and infrastructure, poor remuneration of teachers, among other social factors that are facing public schools in particular, the committee revealed candidates’ weaknesses to include the shallow knowledge of the subject matter, poor command of the use of English language, poor knowledge of the examination techniques, as well as disregard for correct interpretation of questions before attempting them.

Another observation by the committee was that many candidates lack requisite mathematical and manipulative skills for subjects involving calculations, while handwritings of some are illegible and their answers scripts are full of spelling errors.

Describing the condition as unbecoming, the committee noted that many candidates try to cut corners too by engaging in various forms of examination malpractice in order to obtain undue marks and its consequently recommended stiff penalty for culprits to deter recurrence.

The sanctions include the cancellation of entire results of candidates caught in more than one subject or their ban in sitting for future exams for certain numbers of years.

The committee, which equally condemned the usage of unsolicited websites in the name of WAEC by some individuals and the connivance of some officials of the council to perpetrate exam fraud, said such practices would have to stop while the council would continue to improve the standard of its exams.

The committee similarly used the medium to come up with some measures that could help both the students and schools to improve on their performance in future exams.

These include having a good understanding of each question, learning the basic rudiments of English language for better and clearer presentation of their answers, getting the appropriate textbooks in all subjects and study them side by side with the examination syllabus and Chief Examiners reports, and also endeavour to cover the syllabus before the commencement of examination.

For governments and private schools owners, the committee tasked them to provide basic infrastructure and conducive atmosphere in their schools, as well as, employ only qualified and committed teachers, who will teach their subjects effectively and guide students to become exemplary in their studies.

While cautioning the various state ministries of education and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to exercise restraint in recommending schools to the council for recognition and schools to desist from presenting candidates they cannot cope with for exam, the committee noted that WAEC too should contribute its own quota by organising free workshops and seminars for secondary school teachers to enlighten them on syllabus and exams rudiments.

Meet the Woman That Has Been Arrested 396 Times Since 1978

A Chicago woman has been arrested at least 396 times since 1978, including 92 times for theft and an alleged attack on a City Council member.

Over the years, Shermain Miles, 51, was arrested 65 times for disorderly conduct and 59 times for crimes related to prostitution, among other things, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She has used at least 83 different aliases and is well known among merchants and residents in several neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side. One florist called police about her 25 times last summer.

Miles, who is homeless, is imprisoned at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln. She was arrested last year after allegedly chasing down Chicago Alderman James Cappleman, which is a possible parole violation after a 2010 conviction for robbing a 75-year-old at knifepoint. She’s due before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board Tuesday. If it’s determined that she violated her parole, she will be behind bars until April 2014.

Her arrests have numbered so many that she is in the top 1 percent for all current Chicago Police Department arrestees. Within the last year all her cases have been assigned to a one community-based prosecutor.

Miles declined a jailhouse interview with the newspaper after initially agreeing to one. In a handwritten letter to the newspaper before the scheduled interview she described her faith and said she was looking forward to telling her story.

Miles has spent time in area mental hospitals and participated in several community programs. Court-appointed psychologists said Miles believes people are trying to harm her.

However, Cappleman said Miles can’t be released from prison without a “highly structured” plan.

“For the sake of Ms. Miles and the community, it’s time to take the next step to ensure the community is no longer terrorized by her behavior,” the alderman wrote in a letter to the review board.

Mujo Cesic, who authorities said Miles held at knifepoint, said he wants to see her stay behind bars.

“She should never be released,” he said.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Miles has at least 73 convictions, but often failed to appear in court.

Fabio Valentini, head of Cook County’s criminal prosecutions bureau, defended his office’s handling of Miles’ recent cases.

He said that when she’s been charged with a felony — 10 times — she has been convicted. He added that within the last year, her cases were assigned to a one prosecutor available to talk to the public and authorities about her activities.

One of her friends, Phelps Holmes, 59, described her as kind and generous. Holmes, who was once also homeless, said she didn’t talk much about her past.

“She’s always been a sweet young lady to me,” he said.




Good News to All MTN Blackberry Subscribers!!!!

MTN has reviewed their Blackberry Subscription Plan, Now you’re getting the same Plan for a Cheaper Amount.

The BBC Plan is now N1,000 instead of the N1,500 and the BIS Plan now cost N1,500 instead of N3,000.

All Blackberry Subscriptions comes with a Data Cap.

Data Cap means thats its MB is limited, You can’t download more than the MB Allocated to your Plan.

Is this the work of NCC aka Nigeria Communication Commission, the nation’s telecommunication watchdog pressuring MTN to do what right? We’ll never know but what we know is that its good for Nigeria’s mobile subscribers.

Over 1.7 million candidates registered by Jamb


Over 1.7million candidates will this Saturday sit for this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The examination will hold at the same time in 3,168 centres in 378 examination towns in the country and six foreign countries, including Accra in Ghana; Buea in Republic of Cameroon; Cotonou in Republic of Benin; London in United Kingdom; Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Of the grand total of 1,735,720 candidates, only 520,000 would be admitted into tertiary institutions, leaving the bulk of over 1.2 million without admission this year.

Disclosing this, in Abuja yesterday, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB Registrar, said at a press briefing  that the 520,000 was an improvement in the carrying capacity of tertiary institutions in the country, compared to what it  was two years ago.

He said:  “The carrying capacity of all tertiary institutions, including Colleges of Education, is 520,000.  It is, indeed, an improvement from the 450,000 we had two years back.”

The Zazawaga crew wishes them best of luck


FG Blames Power Problem On Military Rule

THE Federal Government, yesterday, shifted blames for the problem of power in the country on the 30 years of military rule, just as it said that planning was relegated to the background during the period.

Speaking when he presented his scorecard to the National Chairman of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman was pessimistic on achieving the set goal of becoming one of the top 20 most developed economies by the year 2020.

Shamsuddeen Usman said: “During the military era planning was relegated and for more than 30 years we neglected the power sector”.

The minister also disclosed that the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, NIMP, designed for the next 30 years will be ready in July, even as he said 50 percent of the nation’s bilateral agreements were presently not functioning as some of them were already dead.

50% of bilateral agreement not functioning

He added that the Commission at the moment had reviewed 488 of such agreements, noting that it was quite unfortunate that Nigerians were not getting the full benefit of the signed agreements.

On Vision 2020, Shamsuddeen, who noted that Nigeria was number 44, said if by 2020 the nation rises to number 25 he would be a proud man.

According to him, “Where were we in 2009? We were number 44. By the end of 2011, we were number 39, by the end of 2012, we were in number 36, this is progress. We made quite a lot of progress. In other areas we are not.

“I don’t want any of you to meet me in 2020 and say you are the one telling us that we are going to be among the top 20. But what I am saying is that even if we are not among the 20 by that time, we were number 44 in 2009.

“If by 2020 we are number 25, I will be a very proud man. The reason is because we are consciously moving and doing all the necessary things to move up there”.

He added: “It’s not saying we must be there. What it’s saying is if we get there then these are the actions we need to take as a country. We must do this and that in governance, in human development, in infrastructure. That is what the document is saying and we are actually taking those steps”.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was on its way to transforming the power sector as the telecom sector had already been handled.

Explaining the challenges facing the Commission, Shamsuddeen, however, lamented inadequate funding of programmes and projects as well as capacity gaps in Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs, due to high turnover of staff, the pooling system and current subjective training and performance measures.

Other challenges include “late feedback/communication from MDAs which hinders prompt delivery of actions; many MDAs not using officials NBS statistics; absence of strategic plans in some MDAs; inadequate Information Technology hardware for MDAs networking; National Planning and projects continuity Bill dormant in the National Assembly; absence of a legal framework for the performance contracting system,” among others.

Actress Stella Damasus Secretly Married To Actress Doris Simeon’s Ex-Husband

The latest gist making round is that Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has married fellow actress Doris Simeon’s ex-husband, Daniel Ademinokan secretly.

According to sources, Daniel Ademinokan and Stella relocated to Abuja a couple of months back in order to strengthen their relationships.

As we speak, the two have married each other in a secret wedding that took place outside of the country.

The lovers who now have several business investments together are living a low-key life in the Federal capital territory.

It all started as a joke when the Nollywood movie producer started a business deal with the single mother of one.

Though they initially denied having an affair, it all came in the open during the launch of their Abuja-based boutique code 55.  

Previously, he was married to Doris Simeon and they have a daughter together:

Vacancy:Shell(Senior Process Automation & Control Engineer)


LOCATION: LAGOS, Lagos , Nigeria

Shell companies have been finding and producing oil and gas around the world for over a century. Today, we have interests in exploration and production ventures in more than 80 countries and employ approximately 90,000 people.

This is a technically challenging work environment characterised by a continuing need for research, the pursuit of new technology, and the adoption of new ways of working. It demands people who will thrive in a culture that encourages and rewards innovation, collaboration and the ability to learn from success as well as failure.

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the pioneer and leader of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. It is capable of producing an average of over one million barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company’s operations are concentrated in the Niger Delta and adjoining shallow offshore areas where it operates in an oil mining lease area of around 30,000 square kilometres.

This experienced professional will be supporting asset integrity and delivery of projects from the front-end through execution and commissioning towards value maximisation. This role will be responsible for delivering safe,cost/schedule effective and efficient projects,especially the process automation,control & optimisation (PACO) aspects; and will be looked up to as important contributors to ongoing projects realization and strategic cost leadership practices within the Deep water Projects organisation. We therefore need competent Nigerian Engineering professionals with deepwater experience who have spent at least 8 years (post-NYSC) focused on practicing the discipline.

• A B.Sc. degree in Electrical/Electronic/Instrumentation and Control engineering. A minimum of 8 years experience in instrument, control, and automation with at least 5 years in offshore facilities design and operation.
• The candidate should have an interest in the technical evaluation, estimation of cost, design, construction and installation of offshore facilities.
• Broad knowledge of deepwater floating systems design, fabrication, installation, commissioning and operation with depth in FPSO (Floating Production & Storage) systems.
• Knowledge of existing PACO-related standards
• Strong technical background with understanding of Engineering processes and drawings
• HSE commitment and leadership.
• Capability to proactively implement plans and following through execution to meet project milestones
• Coaching, mentoring, and motivating others to be successful.
• High personal energy level; core values enterprise first, leadership and teamwork; and a proven track record in achieving stretching personal and business goals. This post requires a self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision and possessing the ability to communicate well and interact.
• Ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team .
• Very good communication skills
• Commitment to making a career in the discipline.


DUE DATE: Tuesday 30 April 2013

Vacancy:Shell(Principal Structural Engineer)

LOCATION: Lagos, Lagos , Nigeria

Shell companies have been finding and producing oil and gas around the world for over a century. Today, we have interests in exploration and production ventures in more than 80 countries and employ approximately 90,000 people.

This is a technically challenging work environment characterised by a continuing need for research, the pursuit of new technology, and the adoption of new ways of working. It demands people who will thrive in a culture that encourages and rewards innovation, collaboration and the ability to learn from success as well as failure.

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the pioneer and leader of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. It is capable of producing an average of over one million barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company’s operations are concentrated in the Niger Delta and adjoining shallow offshore areas where it operates in an oil mining lease area of around 30,000 square kilometres.

The Principal Structural Engineer will be responsible for carrying out in-place,transportation and installation analyses and design of topside structures for existing assets. He / She will prepare scope of work for all topside inspection works and carry-out and carry out re-assessment of such structures to ensure structural integrity.

In particular,the Principal Structural Engineer’s accountabilities include:
• Perform structural engineering analyses and design for topsides structural modules in major projects development from the conceptual,FEED,detail engineering and the construction stage.
• Provide structural engineering support to the SNEPCo Asset engineering in order to maximise asset production performance at lowest unit cost
• Undertake front-end engineering studies,as required,to identify and develop performance improvement changes
• Ensure that all proposed modifications allow safe operation of facilities and maintain technical integrity
• Participate in design reviews,audits and other structural-related reviews
• Accountable for work executed by design contractor producing the FEED and Detailed Design of the topside structures,including the multi discipline drawings and procurement and fabrication specifications for the systems.
• Accountable for ensuring that the engineering work is completed and verified in accordance with the project quality procedures.
• Contribute to the development of the procurement and construction contracts for the topsides structures.
• – Engage with project discipline lead engineers for electrical,instrumentation,controls,rotating equipment,materials,HSE/ HFE (Human Factor Engrg) and quality to ensure that that the topside structural design is compatible and integrated with the overall design and is endorsed by the respective discipline leads.
• Play a leading role within own discipline in assigned project team and delivering on promises (e.g. project schedule,cost,and quality,specification,designs,hardware,functionality within HSE,cost). Scope would include concept selection through execution phases of the projects.
• Responding to significant cost pressures in both project delivery and SNEPCo business while helping to create a new,sustainable organization.

• The applicant should have a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Marine Engineering or Naval architcture and 8-12 years of experience working in the area of offshore oil & gas development including 5 years of FPSO related engineering experience.
• Skill in the following areas is required: analysis and design of steel structures, structural dynamics and fatigue, finite element analysis, material selection, corrosion prevention, dynamic analysis of floating systems, hydrodynamics, loading in wind, waves and current, structural dynamics and fatigue, risk and reliability, project planning and economics.
• Proven, broad knowledge of deepwater floating systems design, fabrication, installation, commissioning and operation with depth in FPSO (Floating Systems & Storage) systems.
• Solid background in all aspects of oil/gas project execution including design, procurement, fabrication, installation, commissioning, and start-up.
• A strong commitment and demonstrable effectiveness in HSSE management is essential.
• Strong interest in hands-on technical evaluation, estimation of cost, design, construction and installation of offshore facilities.
• Coaching, mentoring, and motivating others to be successful.
• Global mindset and perspective. Ability to work and manage in a diverse, multi-cultural environment. Very good team player.
• Knowledge of interface needs/issues with Development Planning and subsurface groups.
• Knowledge of key external stakeholders’ needs and business drivers, including economic, political, environmental, and social issues.
• High personal energy level and a proven track record in achieving stretching personal and business goals
• Excellent Communication skills
• Working knowledge of the following software: are required: SACS, ANSYS. Knowledge of USFOS and COSMOS will be an advantage.

Lady Mechanic, Sandra Ekperuoh’s mechanic workshop in VI sealed









This is an outrage! Over 40 policemen and officials from the Waste Water Management and Sewage Board, an arm of the Ministry of Environment, this morning stormed the mechanic workshop of Nigeria’s first woman auto mechanic, Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh, and sealed the place. Her auto workshop, where she employs only female mechanics, is situated by 1004 in Victoria Island. 

Sandra, who has been an auto mechanic for the past 27 years, runs an NGO that empowers women called the Lady Mechanic Initiative where she has empowered and graduated over 150 women in Lagos State alone. Sandra has over 150 women mechanics in Abuja and 100 women mechanics in Benin where 50 of the girls are graduating in three weeks time. 40 of them will be employed by Sandra immediately after graduation in her Lagos, Benin, Kaduna and Abuja workshops. Some of the girls who have passed through her are now self employed with their own mechanic workshops and even training other female mechanics. This woman has done so much to empower women in this country and helped to reduce prostitution in her home state Edo, so it’s so sad to see this happen to her. We should be celebrating this woman, not taking land from her.

She trains these girls for free, still gives them a salary and accommodates them. The land that was sealed today houses the Lady Mechanic Workshop and a hostel for her girls where the girls, some of them orphans, stay rent free.

Their reason for sealing the place? They are saying the land belongs to the Lagos State government. Thing is, Sandra has been on that land for the past 10 years. I’ve spoken with Sandra myself and she’s devastated but staying strong for her girls

Toke Makinwa’s fiance, Maje Ayida, involved in car accident





Maje Ayida, the CEO of Eden Lifestyle, and media personality Toke Makinwa’s fiance was involved in a ghastly accident yesterday Sunday April 21. According to him, he and his dad were on their way to Oriental Hotel Lekki to have lunch when a police escort trying to catch up with a convoy crashed into his vehicle. Fortunately, he and his dad left the scene unhurt